What do you think about this time of year? It can mean so many different things to different people. Some may be excited to shop, while others may dread the thought of “hitting the stores” because money is limited, or the crowds overwhelming. Some may be looking forward to all the yummy food while others may be wondering where their next meal is coming from because of financial challenges. Some may be looking forward to seeing their family and friends while others are missing them because they cannot gather as they have in times past. It really can be a season of mixed emotions. To me this is the season of giving, and we can give in many ways.
That being said, it is important to be mindful of what others might be going through during this emotion-packed season. Their family may have had a recent loss. It is important to remember our loved ones. Maybe you can take someone to visit a grave or to church. You could drop off a meal to make sure they are eating through this tough time and most importantly to let them know they are loved and remembered in a time that may be tough for them.
You may have friends who have become new parents this holiday season. Consider how they might be trying to navigate what that looks like for themselves, on two hours of sleep this holiday season. That’s a good time! Maybe volunteer to Christmas shop, wrap gifts, or watch their baby for a couple of hours so they can get their “to do list” accomplished. Being there for them not only shows how much you care, it also
provides some much-needed love and support.
If you know of someone struggling financially maybe you can grab a gift or two to put under their tree or invite them over for a meal with your tribe. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on elaborate gifts to make the holiday special. It isn’t about monitoring or measuring what you get during the season. It is about caring about others, giving of ourselves, and showing those we love how much we care about them. It could be as
simple as writing a card to let somebody you know that you love them, or giving someone a hug. Afterall, knowing we are loved IS the greatest gift. Happy Holidays, we love you and wish nothing but the best in the New Year.